how to disable pulseaudio

NoOp glgxg at
Wed Dec 17 15:50:22 UTC 2008

On 12/16/2008 09:35 PM, H.S. wrote:
> NoOp wrote:
>> Hardy (not tested w/Intrepid yet)
>> ~$ uname -a
>> Linux gg2xp 2.6.24-23-generic #1 SMP Thu Nov 27 18:44:42 UTC 2008 i686
>> GNU/Linux
>> Note: the -23 is a 'proposed' kernel - I also tested with -22 with the
>> same results.
>> sudo apt-get remove --purge pulseaudio
>> Rebooted & have checked the following so far - all working just fine now:
>> - Rythmbox
>> - Audacity
>> - Amorok
>> - DVD - Played the Matrix (Movie Player/Totem, SMplayer, Mplayer, VLC)
>> - System|Preferences|Sound - all tests work.
>> I changed nothing else - sound device is set on Intel ICH5 (Alsa mixer).
>> I've also not tested anything beyond the above, so your results may differ.
>> So, I'd say "have at it"! You can of course reinstall PA (PitA? :-) if
>> you need to + don't forget to do a 'sudo apt-get install--reinstall
>> ubuntu-desktop' just before you do any major upgrade(s).
> So removing pulseaudio did remove ubuntu-desktop, correct? If yes, looks
> like nothing really broke. Also, does reinstalling ubuntu-desktop bring
> back pulseaudio later?

Yes and yes.

Reinstalling gives:

~$ sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
Recommended packages:
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  pulseaudio ubuntu-desktop
0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 313kB of archives.
After this operation, 1159kB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]?

Also as side note: if you've removed network-manager in favour of wicd,
the install will also remove wicd and replace it with network-manager
and network-manager-gnome.

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